Illustrated Tales of Dwarfs, Gnomes and Fairy Folk

Illustrated by Daniela Drescher; Edited by Ineke Verschuren

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Quick Look

  • This unique collection brings together classic folk stories from across Europe
  • Helpful dwarfs, mischievous gnomes and powerful fairy folk are brought to life in vibrant watercolour and ink illustrations from Daniela Drescher, creator of the bestselling In the Land of Fairies and Pippa and Pelle series
  • These timeless stories will appeal to confident readers exploring independently, as well as younger children as a read-aloud
  • Previously published as Over the Hills and Far Away

This enchanting anthology of classic European folk tales, featuring dwarfs, gnomes, fairies and more, includes sumptuous illustrations by Daniela Drescher, illustrator of In the Land of Fairies and the Pippa and Pelle series.

254 x 210 mm
Floris Books
Story Books & Anthologies
colour illustrations
Age Range:
From 6 to 10 years
152 pages
Publication date:
14 Oct 2021


Meet helpful dwarfs, mischievous gnomes and powerful fairy folk in this sumptuously illustrated storybook anthology of classic European folk tales.

Much-loved stories such as 'Kate Crackernuts', 'Tom Tit Tot' and 'The Griffin' take readers on a journey through Europe as they climb snowy mountains, delve deep underground and wonder at beautiful palaces.

This unique collection celebrates the rich folklore tradition of Europe, including dwarfs from Flanders, fairies from Scotland and gnomes from Austria.

With radiant pictures by Daniela Drescher, one of Germany's best-loved illustrators, Illustrated Tales of Dwarfs, Gnomes and Fairy Folk is sure to enchant young and old readers alike.


'A wonderful gift for a child or for an adult who loves to hear stories of the little folk, in their various forms, and their relationships with human beings... Colours are both bright and subtle so that the pictures really do glow and there is more to be seen every time you revisit them... In a world of superficial cartoon characters and doubtful moral choices, these stories and the beautiful illustrations which accompany them are therapeutic, refreshing and nourishing. I can heartily recommend them to all those looking for new stories to share.'
-- Kindling

Macomb Daily's 'Kids Reads to Pore Over'
'The illustrations help children of all ages to imagine the story as you’re reading. Perfect for reading-aloud together or to read one story at a time before bedtime. Fantasy and folklore enthusiasts will probably want to read it cover to cover, but its table of contents allows for the reader to decide what order they read the stories and how many.'
-- Macomb Daily

'I am so impressed with this beautiful book of fairy tales! Each story is so enchanting. Most of these are stories that I have never heard of before. The art style is so beautiful! The subtle colours and the delicate lines are absolutely lovely and magical! I love how little details in the background will catch your attention, and add meaning to the story. It’s so delightful to see these stories come alive in the art work! This is truly a special book, and it has a pretty blue ribbon attached for a bookmark. The pages are glossy and smooth. I love the elegant endpapers, and the whole design of the book!'
-- Luminous Libro Blog, 5 stars


Daniela Drescher was born in Munich and trained in art therapy. She is the author and illustrator of more than twenty books for children, which are now available in several languages. Her best known books for younger children include In the Land of Fairies, the Little Fairy stories and the Pippa and Pelle stories. She is also the illustrator of stunning fairy tale anthologies including An Illustrated Treasury of Grimm's Fairy Tales.

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